Florida Senate - 2019                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 536
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/13/2019           .                                

       The Committee on Innovation, Industry, and Technology (Brandes)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 249 and 250
    4  insert:
    5         Section 4. Section 365.179, Florida Statutes, is created to
    6  read:
    7         365.179Direct radio communication between 911 public
    8  safety answering points and first responders.—
    9         (1)As used in this section, the term:
   10         (a)“First responders” includes the law enforcement
   11  agencies, fire service agencies, and emergency management
   12  services providers that are designated as first responders for
   13  the service area in which a PSAP receives 911 calls.
   14         (b)“911 public safety answering point” or “PSAP” means a
   15  municipal or county emergency communications call center in this
   16  state which receives cellular, landline, or text 911
   17  communications.
   18         (2)A PSAP must be able to directly communicate by radio
   19  with first responders. The PSAP must be able to make such
   20  communication without having to transfer a 911 call or having to
   21  relay information received during a 911 call to another PSAP or
   22  emergency communications center for dispatch.
   23         (3)In collaboration with all first responders in his or
   24  her county, each sheriff shall enter into a written agreement
   25  with each first responder to establish protocols under which a
   26  PSAP that does not dispatch calls for a first responder agency
   27  will directly notify the first responder agency’s on-duty
   28  personnel of an emergency by radio. The agreement must require
   29  the PSAP to be able to communicate with the personnel without
   30  having to transfer the 911 call for dispatch to that agency or
   31  having to relay the information received during a 911 call by
   32  telephone or other indirect means.
   33         (4)Each PSAP shall install, in at least one dispatch
   34  console within its emergency communications center, the primary
   35  radio dispatch channels of each first responder in the county it
   36  serves. If there are multiple PSAPs in a county, each PSAP must
   37  have this capability.
   38         (5)Upon the written request of a law enforcement agency
   39  head, any other law enforcement agency head in the same county
   40  or an adjoining jurisdiction in another county shall authorize
   41  the requesting agency to install the other agency’s primary
   42  dispatch channel or channels in the requesting agency’s mobile
   43  or portable radios.
   44         (6)By January 1, 2020, each county sheriff shall certify
   45  in writing to the Department of Law Enforcement that all PSAPs
   46  in his or her county are in compliance with this section.
   48  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   49  And the title is amended as follows:
   50         Delete line 13
   51  and insert:
   52         interest; creating s. 365.179, F.S.; defining the
   53         terms “first responders” and “911 public safety
   54         answering point” or “PSAP”; requiring a PSAP to be
   55         able to directly communicate by radio with first
   56         responders; requiring each sheriff, in collaboration
   57         with first responders in his or her county, to enter
   58         into specified written agreements; requiring each PSAP
   59         to install local first responder radio dispatch
   60         channels in its emergency communications center;
   61         requiring a law enforcement agency head to authorize
   62         the installation of his or her agency’s primary
   63         dispatch channel or channels on certain other law
   64         enforcement agency’s mobile or portable radios, upon
   65         request; requiring each county sheriff to certify
   66         compliance in writing with the Department of Law
   67         Enforcement by a specified date; providing an
   68         effective date.